When her boyfriend lets her down for the last time, Brooklyn bookshop owner Bea James makes a decision – no more. No more men, no more heartbreak, and no more pain.
Psychiatrist Jake Steinmann is making a new start too, leaving his broken marriage behind in San Francisco. From now on there’ll just be one love in his life: New York.
At a party where they seem to be the only two singletons, Bea and Jake meet, and decide there’s just one thing for it. They will make a pact: no more relationships.
But the city has other plans . . .
Bea James and Jake Steinmann have both found themselves coming out of serious relationships. Bea has ended it with her boyfriend, Otis when he lets her down too many times and Jake has most recently moved back to New York after his wife unexpectedly files for divorce. After meeting at a party, Bea and Jake decide to make a pact against relationships.
The characters in this book are wonderful. I fell in love with Bea and Jake and immediately wanted them to be a couple. Bea is a lovely character and like Jake, she is lost after the end of her relationship and is trying to find a way to stop herself getting hurt. I found Bea a very relatable character and I love the sound of her bookshop. Some of my favourite parts of the book (apart from her developing relationship with Jake,) were the e-mail/letter exchanges she had with her grandmother. I think these really added another element to the novel.
Jake is also a warm, likeable character and I did feel so sorry for him. I liked Bea and him together and so wanted to keep reading to find out whether it would be a happy ending for them and what would happen before they got there.
I love the fact that it’s set in New York . It was where I went for my honeymoon and so there were a few scenes that did make me smile as they brought back memories. I want to go back now.
The writing style is effortless and I quickly got into the story. I didn’t want to put it down. I wanted to keep reading. This is the first of Miranda’s novels I’ve read but it’s nice that a few characters from Miranda’s previous novels make a return to the page In this case, Rosie, Ed and Celia from Fairytale of New York (amongst others,) appear in this book (Jake is Ed’s younger brother.) I like it when that happens – when I get a chance to return to characters I’ve loved reading about. Reading I’ll Take New York has made me want to go and read Fairytale of New York as I also loved Rosie and Ed. You don’t need to have read previous novels to be able to know what’s going on with this one though. It stands alone.
I am certainly fast becoming a fan of Miranda’s novels and I loved this book. if you love romance and great, warm characters then I recommend it especially with the horrible cold weather. This book, a cup of hot chocolate and a warm blanket equals bliss.
I’ll Take New York was published by Avon on 4th December 2014. It’s available to buy in most bookshops. Click on the link to view on Amazon: www.amazon.co.uk.)
To find out more about Miranda, click to visit her website: http://miranda-dickinson.com/
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The blog tour for I’ll Take New York continues tomorrow over at Victoria Loves Books.
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